Box of Amazing: Exit Plan  
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It's funny how an exit plan for society changes your mood (A5) . Here in the UK, the government set steps out for us to exit our lockdown and resume society as we kind of knew it. It's sunny outside and we've all got a plan for what we want to do (haircut, social, pub?). I've been thinking about what I might retain from this period and I'd point you to Ryan Holiday's 100 Rules. (A1)  It's a great list of how you might think about your life, pre, during or post-pandemic. 

The two pieces I'd draw your attention to are A10, which covers ethics and balancing potentially levelled or conflicting views, as well as A3 covering habits, skills and talents in the workplace. If you are leading organisations, it points you to what to do and if you are within a company, you can position yourself for skills and capability long term. 

Technology can always shock, but reading emotions within education feels intrusive. (T7). Your must-read tech piece is from MIT Technology Review (T1). It's a favourite every year and while T9 conflicts with Tiktok recommendation algorithms which are listed as one of the breakthrough technologies of the year. 

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My Reading Recommendations (A)

1. 100 (Short) Rules for a Better Life Link
2. How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It Link
3. From Exec Roles to Board Seats — Lessons for the Startup C-Suite from Zendesk, Guru, eBay, & More Link
4. Death through a nurse's eyes Link
5. COVID-19: Is It Time for Optimism? Link
6. How a 'beginners’ mindset' can help you learn anything Link
7. How COVID-19 has changed the way we educate children Link
8. Stanford study into “Zoom Fatigue” explains why video chats are so tiring Link
9. The scientist who’s been right about Covid-19 vaccines predicts what’s next Link
10. The right right thing to do Link

My Tech Recommendations (T)

1. 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021 Link
2. A solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth Link
3. Why Bitcoin is so bad for the planet – video explainer Link
4. Facebook Is Considering Facial Recognition For Its Upcoming Smart Glasses Link
5. New Patent For Apple Glass Can Detect Sound And Automatically Clean The Lens Link
6. Humans had never seen a spacecraft land on another planet—until now Link
7. This AI reads children's emotions as they learn Link
8. New study finds 20% of people have a genetic mutation that provides resilience to the cold Link
9. The Secret to TikTok Success is There is No Secret Link
10. LinkedIn is building a gig marketplace Link
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